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Author: Kevin Woodley


In the second part of his Pro Tips series, Carter Hutton advised his puck stopping peers to get out of the comfort zone of a “goalie-school goalie mindset” in practice, and find drills that allow you to battle and fight to find the puck the same way you have to during a game. The St. Louis Blues stopper knows, however, that not all practice drills are good for a goalie. Well it may be lost on a lot of the non-goaltender hockey world, including far too many head coaches, the reality that a lot of team practices can actually...

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Part 2: Get out of a ‘goalie-school goalie’ mindset

Carter Hutton leads the NHL with a .944 save percentage, earning an increased share of starts with the St. Louis Blues in 2018, but it’s the lessons learned during five seasons spent mostly in the backup role that resonated with his puck-stopping peers at all levels. Fellow NHL goalies have approached Hutton during pre-game stretching to share appreciation for some of the lessons Hutton shared in Part 1 of this Pro Tips series, which ended with the 32-year-old talking about the need to “get away from these controlled environments.” So, what did Hutton mean by that? Sometimes it’s important...

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Part 1: Not Playing Lots No Excuse for Not Playing Well

Carter Hutton Pro Tips: Not Playing Lots No Excuse for Not Playing Well Carter Hutton has one of the hardest jobs in professional sports: backup goalie. While most recognize the difficulty that comes with trying to stay on top of your game when you aren’t playing often, of trying not to worry about a bad performance when there’s a good chance you’ll have to dwell on it for a week or more before you get a chance to redeem yourself, Hutton has little time for the woe-is-me whining often associated with the job. The St. Louis Blues stopper doesn’t...

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Changes inside and out Vasilevskiy’s new color-change mask

Andrei Vasilevskiy will have a new color-change mask in time for his first NHL All-Star Game, but you’ll have to look closely to find the differences, inside and out, from his old one. Vasilevskiy asked his painter, Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush, to continue the themes of his masks from past seasons, featuring a mixture of palm trees and lightning bolts, an electrically charged lion as the primary image on the forehead and top, and a mixture of symbols from his native Russia. “We added more details to the lion, Russian emblem and around the Bolts name,” Marsolais said. “The...

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